Today’s quick hits, June 17, 2019

Bayer tries new approach to weeds (Wall Street Journal): Bayer will invest over $5 billion in the next 10 years to develop new ways to fight weeds, attempting to win back trust after a slew of lawsuits alleging that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide causes cancer.

Climate change by another name (Iowa Public Radio): Rural communities may not use the words “climate change,” but they’re discussing its effects and want to see polluters taxed for their contributions to a changing climate.

EU to give U.S. a larger slice of beef market (Reuters): Over time, the EU will give the United States a 35,000-tonne share of its import quota, now 45,000 tonnes, for beef produced without artificial growth hormones, said EU sources; at present the U.S. share is around 30 percent.

Railroaded out of farmland (Los Angeles Times): Farmers in the San Joaquin Valley lost cropland through court-issued orders of possession to make room for California’s proposed bullet train.

Nation’s largest hemp research center (OSU): Oregon State University, with 40 faculty members already engaged in hemp research and teaching, said it would open the nation’s largest research center devoted to the study of industrial hemp.

Larkin elected to lead ag policy institute (Farm Foundation): Larkin Martin, chief executive of Martin Farm in Alabama was elected to a two-year term as president of the Farm Foundation, which describes itself as a agricultural policy institute.